St Lucia Barracks, Omagh

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St Lucia Barracks
Omagh
Helicopter at Omagh Barracks.jpg
A helicopter landing at the base in the 1960s
St Lucia Barracks is located in Northern Ireland
St Lucia Barracks
St Lucia Barracks
Location within Northern Ireland
Coordinates 54°36′14″N 07°18′25″W / 54.60389°N 7.30694°W / 54.60389; -7.30694Coordinates: 54°36′14″N 07°18′25″W / 54.60389°N 7.30694°W / 54.60389; -7.30694
Type Barracks
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator  British Army
Site history
Built 1875-1881
Built for War Office
In use 1881-2007

St Lucia Barracks, Omagh is a former military base in Omagh, Northern Ireland.

History[edit]

The War Office leased the 5-acre (20,000 m2) and twenty seven perches from the Archdale family on 10 April 1875 for sixty pounds per annum. The lease ran for 999 years or until the War Office ceased to use for military purposes or sublet, assigned the premises for use other than military. The original lease is still held by the Ministry of Defence.[1] The site was acquired as part of the Cardwell Reforms which encouraged the localisation of British military forces.[2] The barracks became the depot for the 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot and the 108th (Madras Infantry) Regiment of Foot.[3] Following the Childers Reforms, the 27th and 108th regiments amalgamated to form the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers with its depot in the barracks in 1881.[4]

In 1924 the barracks also became the depot of the Royal Irish Fusiliers.[5] An Auxiliary Territorial Service camp was established on the site during the Second World War and Lisanelly Camp was built on an adjacent site around this time.[4]

The base was the subject of a botched proxy bomb attack on 24 October 1990, when the main charge of the bomb failed to explode.[6] The barracks closed in 2007 as part of the demilitarisation of Northern Ireland according to the Good Friday Agreement. Eventually, an environmentally friendly PSNI station was built on the grounds next to the existing St Lucia barracks site in 2010.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St Lucia Site, Omagh". Northern Ireland Assembly. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Echoes of the past in these Army cuts". 8 July 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Training Depots". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 10 February 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Future of St Lucia and Lisanelly Barracks". 25 October 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Inter-War Years". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  6. ^ English, p. 126
  7. ^ "Omagh gets green police station". Ulster TV. 14 September 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 

Sources[edit]

  • English, Richard (2005). Armed struggle: the history of the IRA. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-517753-3.